Riding a bicycle is a great way to get around the narrow streets of Florence and explore beautiful Tuscan hillsides dotted with villas, olive groves and ancient churches.
Patrons of the exclusive menswear boutique, Eredi Chiarini, located in the historic center of Florence, are allowed borrow one of the store's bright yellow bicycles, but even if your pocketbook doesn't allow you to shop there, Florence offers many other options for visitors who wish to explore the city by bike.
The city of Florence rents out approximately 2000 bicycles on a daily basis. Costs are low: € 1.50 1 hr. - € 4.00 5 hrs - € 8.00 all day. Rental points are open generally from 8:00am to 7:00pm Mon-Sat. and can be found at the Santa Maria Novella Train Station (also open Sundays), Campo di Marte train station, Piazza del Cestello, Piazza della Calza, and Parterre. You will need to present a form of ID, to rent a bike.
Here are additional resources on bicycling in and around Florence.
Florence Bike Pages is an informative English-language site including itineraries, bike paths, cycling events, all information regarding bicycling in and around Florence and travelling by bike.